Favorite Television Personalitiesby Luvvly | created - 10 Jun 2013 | updated - 29 Oct 2016 | Public
Writer | Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts. At an early age, he developed a love of comedy and goofing off, this carried on when he entered the prestigious Harvard University, acting out many pranks in his time, as well as become the president of the Harvard humor ...
Actor | The Running Man
Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In ...
3. Wayne Brady
Actor | Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Wayne Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia and lived in Orlando, Florida. At 16, Brady had already decided on a career in the military. Little did he know that a chance performance in a high school play would garner him not only rave reviews but also permanently alter his long-range plans. Soon, he ...
Actress | Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels was born on February 18, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jillian Leigh McKarus. She is an actress and producer, known for Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones (2010), Wake Up Call (2014) and Graves (2016).
5. Bob Harper
Actor | Bob Harper: Ultimate Cardio Body
Bob Harper was born on August 18, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Robert L. Harper. He is an actor, known for Bob Harper: Ultimate Cardio Body (2011), Bob Harper: Totally Ripped Core (2011) and Bob Harper: Beginner's Weight Loss Transformation (2011).
7. Adam Levine
Soundtrack | Begin Again
Grammy-winning band Maroon 5's frontman Adam Noah Levine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Patsy (Noah), an admissions counselor, and Fredric Levine, who founded the retail chain M. Fredric. Adam's father's family is Jewish, while Adam's mother is of half Jewish (her ...
8. Cat Deeley
Self | So You Think You Can Dance
Cat Deeley was born on October 23, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England as Catherine Elizabeth Deeley. She is an actress and producer, known for So You Think You Can Dance (2005), Deadbeat (2014) and Life's Too Short (2011). She has been married to Patrick Kielty since September 30, 2012. ...
9. Andre Agassi
Actor | Mad About You
Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970) is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1, who was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all...
11. Hugh Laurie
Actor | House M.D.
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...
12. Shawn Stockman
Soundtrack | Mr. Holland's Opus
Shawn Stockman was born on September 26, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Shawn Patrick Stockman. He is an actor, known for Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), White Men Can't Jump (1992) and Long Shot (2019). He has been married to Sharonda Jones since September 1, 2001. They have two children.
13. Usher Raymond
Actor | The Faculty
Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III. He began singing when he was six years old, joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother who acted as choir director. Jonetta, a single mom, raised Usher and his younger brother, James, ...
14. Joel McHale
Actor | Community
Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and...
15. Sharon Osbourne
Actress | Austin Powers in Goldmember
Sharon Osbourne was born on October 9, 1952 in Brixton, London, England as Sharon Rachel Arden. She is a producer and actress, known for Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Garfield 2 (2006) and It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006). She has been married to Ozzy Osbourne since July 4, 1982. They have three ...
16. Nigel Lythgoe
Producer | So You Think You Can Dance
Nigel Lythgoe was born on July 9, 1949 in Wirral, England as Nigel Bruce Lythgoe. He is a producer and writer, known for So You Think You Can Dance (2005), American Idol (2002) and Gladiators (1992). He was previously married to Bonnie Lythgoe.
18. Ellen DeGeneres
Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...
Soundtrack | Zootopia
Grammy-winning pop singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977. She is of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent. Shakira began her musical career at the age of 12 and quickly captured fans around the world. She won the 2001 Best Latin pop Grammy for her "MTV Unplugged" ...
20. David Letterman
Writer | Late Show with David Letterman
Television would never be the same after David Letterman made his second attempt at a show in 1982. But his career before becoming host of the show was quite an interesting and long one.
Letterman was born in Broad Ripple, a neighborhood in Indianapolis, to Dorothy Marie (Hofert), a church secretary...
21. Ryan Seacrest
Born and raised in Atlanta, Seacrest has been the heart and soul of television and in radio for many years, beginning as the host of such kids shows as, Gladiators 2000 (1994), Fox Family Channel's Wild Animal Games (1995), and Click (1997), which ultimately led him to his afternoon gig at Los ...
23. Howard Stern
Actor | Howard Stern on Demand
Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, to Rae (Schiffman), an inhalation therapist, and Bernard Stern, who co-owned a cartoon/commercial production studio. His grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
24. Howie Mandel
Producer | Bobby's World
The story goes that huggable stand-up comedian Howie Mandel, who ran a carpet business once upon a time, began his show biz career by chance while catching amateur night at the Comedy Store on the L.A. Sunset Strip during a vacation. Goaded on by friends to try out, a producer spotted him, hired ...
25. Ben Folds
Soundtrack | Godzilla
Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.
He's created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to William ...
26. Stephen Colbert
Writer | The Daily Show
Stephen Tyrone Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the son of Lorna Elizabeth (Tuck) and James William Colbert, Jr., a doctor and medical school dean at Yale, Saint Louis University, and MUSC. He is the ...
27. Jon Stewart
Writer | The Daily Show
Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City, New York, to Marian (Laskin), a teacher, and Donald Leibowitz, a physics professor. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Austria, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus). Stewart moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey during his childhood. He ...
28. Penn Jillette
Writer | Penn & Teller Get Killed
Penn Jillette was born on March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA as Penn Fraser Jillette. He is a writer and producer, known for Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He has been married to Emily Zolten Jillette ...
31. Jason Silva
Producer | Le Monde Dont on Reve N'existe Pas
Jason Silva is an Emmy-nominated and world-renown TV personality, storyteller, filmmaker, and sought-after keynote speaker and futurist. Jason is known for hosting five seasons of the Emmy-nominated, global hit TV series Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, broadcasted in over 171 ...